Isolated on R2A and hexadecane agar plates. Grows also on heptan, crude oil, phenol, benzoate, salicylate, naphthalene and sorbitol, but not on citrate and inositol. oxidase positive, beta galactosidase and arginine dihydrolase negative. Does not hydrolyse starch, casein, gelatin, esculin and DNA. Produces acid from D-fructose and L-arabinose, but not from glucose, sucrose, D-xylose and D-mannitol. Grows on 37°C, but not on 42°C. Resistant to ampicillin, sensitive to polymyxin B, ciprofloxacin, penicillin and gentamycin.